Think Before You Act

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All my life I have been taught to think before I act, in order to prevent myself from making a mistake. Yet, I have learned through my many errors in life not to duplicate my unfortunate actions. Many times I have been told to consider the consequences of my actions prior to acting. I have found, though, that this may not always be the best approach. I would not argue this to be true in every situation, however. What is to be said, for example, of those who have acted on their emotions, only to find themselves in prison? One must be able to know instinctively which situations are appropriate to be dealt with solely on emotions, and which are to require a certain amount of development. Nevertheless, as von Kleist states, in “On …show more content…
This, in many ways, is how we train ourselves as we mature. After much practice, we perfect the skill of thinking and acting in unison, rather than just acting alone, without any thought or planning involved. Had Derek Fisher, for example, in the 2004 playoffs, with 0.4 seconds left in the game and the team down by one, taken the time to think through the shot rather than acting solely on impulse and thinking as he went along, the Lakers may not have had the same outcome on that crucial night. As von Kleist may have put it, one who takes the time to think prior to acting “will always draw the short straw.” In other words, procrastination is never successful, quite the opposite in fact. According to Hemingway, “Grace under pressure is the key to success.” Whether the antagonist be an emotion, yourself, or one of life’s many curveballs, we must always be prepared to think quickly yet thoroughly.
Very similar to von Kleist’s belief, that the proper time for reflection is after an act, is Marvell’s viewpoint. In the poem “To His Coy Mistress,” Marvell shows his belief towards the idea of Carpe diem. The Latin phrase meaning ‘seize the day,’ is closely paralleled to von Kleist’s advice to his son. The poem is essentially about a man and a woman who do not have time to waste, because before long their youth will have been spent. Although this takes von Kleist’s ideology to a much larger level,
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